1494 - Spain and Portugal divided the new lands they had discovered between themselves.
1498 - Christopher Columbus left on his third voyage of exploration.
1546 - Peace of Ardes ended the war between France and England.
1654 - Louis XIV was crowned king of France.
1863 - Mexico City was captured by French troops.
1900 - Boxer rebels cut the rail links between Peking and Tientsin in China.
1903 - Professor Pierre Curie revealed the discovery of Polonium.
1929 - The sovereign state of Vatican City came into existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in Rome.
1939 - King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, arrived in the U.S. It was the first visit to the U.S. by a reigning British monarch.
1944 - Off of the coast of Normandy, France, the Susan B. Anthony sank. All 2,689 people aboard survived.
1948 - The Communists completed their takeover of Czechoslovakia.
1981 - Israeli F-16 fighter-bombers destroyed Iraq’s only nuclear reactor.